Ever since my last vacation I’ve been feeling kind of PORGIE and trying to shed a few pounds, so finding pie, cake, candy, and a muffin in the grid isn’t really helping, thank you very little!
Seriously, though, this is a fun and interesting theme of compliments (can we call them that these days?) based on food items. And I love the grid art, too, which seems to be a cute smiley face with hands out saying “How do you like this one?” How could I HATESON a puzzle while staring at that little guy? Unpossible.
There’s an edible bonus at 1A - PECAN (Ingredient in many a sandie cookie), and a fakeout at 32A: Sticky roll (TAPE). And after all that sweet stuff you’ll have to go see the DENTIST!
I liked the spirit of the cluing today quite a bit. There’s cleverness at 1D: Apt surname for a close-up magician? (PALMER), groan-worthy punning at 34D: What MoMA knows best? (ART), and puzzle/trivia-geek camaraderie at 10D: Ending of four state capitals [Can you name them all?] (CITY) (Jefferson, Salt Lake, Oklahoma, & Carson). And I liked getting caught up on the all the modern lingo with BOUGIE (Concerned with wealth, possessions and respectability, in modern lingo), LATINX (Gender-neutral neologism added to Merriam-Webster in 2018), and GAYMER (Portmanteau coinage for a queer-identified e-sports player, say).
Overall, a tasty Wednesday grid. Now it's time to GINUP!
p.s. Frannie will be back tomorrow, I'm just filling in for a day.
p.p.s. We just learned that the A.C.P.T. has been cancelled. See the official site for Will Shortz's message. We're sorry to hear it, but we completely understand.